The words of my perfect teacher
Author: Patrul Rinpoche.
The words of my perfect teacher is the translation of Patrul Rinpoche's “Kunzang Lama'i Shelung”, a text that explains the so-called 'preliminaries', the essential practices that form the basis of Tibetan Buddhism. A teaching rich in reflections and clarifications, it was considered since its publication, around the middle of the nineteenth century, a fundamental work for those who are interested in this profound spiritual journey. As the author states, the work is essentially the transcript of the teachings he received from his master for the practice of the preliminaries of the Longchen Nyingthig or Intimate Heart Essence of Vast Space, a cycle of teachings that is inscribed in the Great Perfection (the highest of the nine vehicles of the nyingmapa system) and a "terma", or spiritual treasure, revealed by Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798), one of the greatest masters, scholars and poets of his time. The work is divided into three parts: the first is dedicated to external common preliminaries, practicable by anyone; the second deals with taking refuge, the generation of "bodhicitta" and the other extraordinary inner preliminaries up to guru yoga, while the third focuses on the crucial instructions for the moment of death. The depth of the teaching and the precious and sincere advice given in a simple and direct style by Patrul Rinpoche, known but also feared for its realization and for his unconditional frankness, make this text an authentic and unique work of its kind. If you listen to the advice of Patrul Rinpoche, who tirelessly, after each teaching, urges you to meditate, to feel and embrace the various reflections, you will be able to discover the true meaning of this text.